Monday, 16 July 2012

Go tell the police - so they can protect the abuser...

I noted in a previous post on the abuse problem that while the Church certainly has a case to answer for its mishandling of claims, the complicity of the secular authorities also needs to be borne in mind.

And today the Sydney Morning Herald has an article pointing to just this problem, in the latest on the Fr F/Armidale affair.

It draws on court documents to point out that when Fr F was being blackmailed by one of his victims, he called a police officer mate at home to get his help.  And when the abuse victim made a formal complaint about the abuse itself in response,  the priest's police mates declined to charge Fr F or, it seems, to properly investigate the matter...

All of which should serve as a reminder as to why bringing in the police might be a necessary response, but it cannot be the only response the Church has.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Check the interesting Chris Geraghty DCJ case:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/fury-at-lenience-on-child-molester/story-e6frg6nf-1111119059885

More on Geraghty (note his idiotic endorsement of the French Revolution):

http://www.nationaltimes.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/a-verdict-in-black-and-white-20120713-221nr.html

+ Wolsey

PM said...

Then there was justice Yeldham, who got away for years with trawling the meat-markets for boys at The Wall and Wynyard Station, while the politician who outed him was drummed out of parliament.

A Canberra Observer said...

And now we have an inquiry to be headed by Anthony Whitlam ...

The article in today's SMH (17/7) doesn't give much joy.